Tourists will soon be able to take sightseeing flights over China’s largest provincial region, the Xinjiang Uygur autonomous region, according to the Civil Aviation Administration of China.
The pilot program will allow the region’s general aviation companies to run aerial tours within a radius of 40 to 300 kilometers from the takeoff point.
“The program will boost the region’s low-altitude airspace tourism,” said Fan Hongdong, head of general aviation at the CAAC’s Xinjiang bureau. “Xinjiang is a large area with many tourist spots scattered in various places. The program aims to lower the threshold for aviation companies to run sightseeing projects, and to expand the area available for such projects.”
Xinjiang, with an area of 1.66 million square km, is home to nine general aviation companies and 18 civil aviation airports.
The region aims to develop low-altitude flights to boost tourism by offering sightseeing aircraft tours and hot-air balloon rides. The regional tourism bureau has listed a number of potential routes for tourists looking to experience the region from the air.
Source: China Daily